38,000 expected to make Wembley trip

Alan Williamson, Ashley Battams, Kev Battams, Eddie Rayner and Holly Reay and (below) Karen and Rob Simpson in the Seasider bar at Bloomfield Road.
Alan Williamson, Ashley Battams, Kev Battams, Eddie Rayner and Holly Reay and (below) Karen and Rob Simpson in the Seasider bar at Bloomfield Road.
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ECSTATIC Blackpool fans are gearing up for another trip to Wembley.

Around 38,000 are expected to make the trip on May 19 as Blackpool close in on their second promotion to the Premier League in three years.

Karen and Rob Simpson in the Seasider bar at Bloomfield Road.

Karen and Rob Simpson in the Seasider bar at Bloomfield Road.

As 2,300 were celebrating St Andrew’s, thousands more back home in Blackpool started their own Wembley parties on the final whistle.

Nowhere were the celebrations more apparent than at the Seasider bar at Bloomfield Road as fans watched last night’s game on TV.

Among them was Alan Matthews, the deputy mayor of Blackpool.

He said: “It was a fantastic game – if we play like that at Wembley we just can’t lose.”

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Student David Collett, 21, from South Shore, added: “I’m ecstatic. “This means a lot to the people and the town and hopefully we can do the same at Wembley and we can go back to the Premier League.”

Rob Simpson, 48, from South Shore, who watched the game with his wife Karen, 41, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic game and we’ve already got our hotel booked in London!”

Mrs Simpson added: “I can’t wait to go to Wembley.

“I didn’t support a football team before I got married two years ago, but I’ve fallen in love with Blackpool and can’t get enough of them!”

Despite going through a range of emotions as the Seasiders’ 2-0 lead got pegged back by Birmingham, the fans cheered throughout a nail-biting 90 minutes.

Ashley Battams, 20, from South Shore, added: “I’m over the moon.

“It was a nervous second half, but now we’ve got another chance to play with football’s big boys. There was no way we were going to lose because we were in front from start to finish and that was never going to change.”

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